Incoming Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, who spoke during the Republican National Convention this summer in Tampa, Fla., is among a number of minority politicians seen as rising stars in the GOP. Spencer Platt/Getty Images hide caption

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Former Democratic Rep. Artur Davis spoke Tuesday at the Republican National Convention: "Some of you may know," he said, "the last time I spoke at a convention, it turned out I was in the wrong place." J. Scott Applewhite/AP hide caption

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Rep. Artur Davis, with his wife Tara, concedes the Democratic gubernatorial race to Ron Sparks during a speech at the Harbert Center in Birmingham, Ala., on Tuesday. Mark Almond /Birmingham News/AP hide caption

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